Never ever would I have believed I could be a "bridezilla." Not me! I'm older, independent, and an introvert. "Just give me a practical church wedding," I'd say. Then I got engaged last week. Already I've felt the demanding, impatient behavior creep upon me at the news my desired venue might not be available for an autumn wedding reception. It's tough to admit that I had to take a deep breath and check back into reality. I know better.
Marriage isn't about the extravagance of the wedding. If it were, then my little church wedding would set a dreary tone for matrimony (especially compared to the decadent $25,200 blowouts the average American couple is willing to spend!). I received the best wedding advice while I was single. And considering December is the most popular month to get engaged—notably Christmas through New Year's Eve— it's time to reexamine the top three pieces of wedding and marriage wisdom I've gleaned from leaders within the Church.
(1) Marriage is not about our "happily ever after." more >>
Churches fitted with ornate stained glass windows may not become a thing of the archaic past just yet, noted one church construction company.
Although presently the stained glass industry has been experiencing a decline in business, research among younger Americans indicates that stained glass could experience a comeback.
After introducing themselves, these little boys were introduced to a girl. They were asked several questions about the girl and what they like most about her. They even made funny faces at her. But, then they were asked to slap her. Watch and see what these boys do next:
Most people were probably expecting a funny video or even a crazy one with the children reacting in a negative way. But, instead this video offers a positive message to all the children and men out there when it comes to the subject of violence against women. The hearts of these little boys grew HUGE at a very critical time.
This eye-opening video was produced by an Italian news organization Fanpage.it. Everyone who watches this video will SHARE and be so proud of these little gentlemen. People should be inspired and take advice from these boys. DON'T EVER CHANGE! more >>
A 7-year-old girl has been listed as the sole survivor of a plane crash in Kentucky and her story has provided inspiration for those who knew her family.
Sailor Gutzler, 7, was flying with her parents, sister, and cousin when the plane went down in Kentucky. The plane reportedly suffered engine trouble and lost contact with air traffic controllers; just a half-hour later, a man called 911 to report that a young girl showed up at his home and said that she had been involved in a plane crash. Gutzler managed to walk one mile, through several piles of brush, in scant clothing in temperatures less than 40 degrees before arriving at the home of the good Samaritan.
"She had one sock on her feet, and she walked all that distance barefooted," Larry Wilkins, 71, told CBS News. "I wouldn't want to go in that woods right now in the dark without any lights whatsoever. I wouldn't want to do it. I know you'd fall. There's no doubt in my mind. She's a brave little girl. She told me that her mom and dad were dead, and she had been in a plane crash, and the plane was upside down." more >>
Nigerian terrorist group Boko Haram has kidnapped at least 40 boys and young men from a village in the state of Borno following a major raid. The victims, believed to be aged from 10 to 23 years old, are likely to be trained to fight for the jihadists.
CNN reported on Sunday that Boko Haram attacked the village of Malari with assault rifles last week, preaching extreme Islamic ideology to the locals and taking 40 people hostage, before moving on to the Sambisa forest.
The militants, who have been waging war on the government and the Christian population for over five years now, are known for their violent attacks and mass kidnappings. In April, they seized over 200 schoolgirls from the town of Chibok, an incident which sparked international outrage. more >>
A national atheist organization is demanding that the chancellor of Troy University in Alabama apologize for sending a 98-second video to students that says Democracy works in America not because of government enforcement or because people believe they're accountable to society, but because they know they're "accountable to God."
"Atheists are overwhelmingly ethical and upstanding people. It is not true that religion is necessary to keep people from becoming criminals," wrote Americans Atheists' President David Silverman in an open letter sent to Jack Hawkins Jr. on New Year's Eve. "In fact, in the United States, in states with the highest percentages of atheists, the murder rate is lower than average. In the most-religious states, the murder rate is higher than average."
Silverman, who disagrees with the opinions shared in Hawkins' email and video that was sent to staff and students, has called for the chancellor to give "a public apology to the student, and other atheists whom you have disparaged with the video you included in your email." more >>